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>> the show may be over, but the conversation conditions on the website aljazeera.com/considerthis. or also google+ or twitter. see you next time. >> a mentally challenged man it put to death in texas for killing a cop decades ago. the execution could strain relations between the u.s. and mexico. issuing an ultimatum in ukraine. opposition calls for an early election and wants an answer in 24 hours. this is a look. protesters are back out. >> in the blink of an eye my world was shattered into a million pieces. now i'm left trying to pick them
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up and put them together. >> shot to death for texting in a movie theatre. a grieving wife talks about the loss of her husband. >> an unwanted export from china. how china's air pollution is affecting the u.s. - in more ways than one. [ ♪ music ] >> into hi there. welcome to al jazeera america. good to have you with us. i'm thomas drayton. a mexican national was executed in texas a few hours ago despite international outcry. >> edgar tamayo was convicted of killing a police officer 20 years ago. lawyers argued that he did not receive proper legal representation after his arrest. heidi zhou-castro has more on a case that could strain relations between the u.s. and mexico. >> edgar tamayo was pronounced
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dead at 9:32 central time, wednesday evening. this came after the supreme court refused to grant a last-minute stay on the execution. the lawyers for edgar tamayo had argued that executing him would be a violation of international law and could endanger u.s. citizens abroad. >> edgar tamayo was 24 years owl when he shot a houston police officer three times in the back of the head. 20 years litre the mexican government says edgar tamayo's execution is a violation of international law. at the heart of mexico's claim is the vienna convention on consular relations a treaty that says a person arrested in a foreign country has a right to contact their consular for help. mexico said that didn't happen for edgar tamayo or 50 other nationals sentenced to die in the united states. two other mexican nationals have been executed in texas.
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in edgar tamayo's home town. protesters were marching the street, hoping to convince officials in texas to spare his life. this woman said "i believe it is unfair, he has been in prison more than 20 years." people that knew him say edgar tamayo turned violent after a bull stepped on his head when he was 17. the attorney said that never came up in trial nor his clemency appeal. if the consulate had been notified at the convention sets forth. they would have made sure that the representation was a professional one. >> in september, u.s. secretary of state asked texas to delay edgar tamayo's execution saying it impacts u.s. foreign relations as well as the
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country's ability to provide consular assistance. the setting of a date would be detrimental to the interests of the united states. is a spokesperson for the governor's office said texas complied with state law, telling al jazeera: >> this is in keeping with 2008 u.s. supreme court decision that only congress can compel a state to comply with the vienna convention. that legislation has been written, but not passed. >> we should add, according to the death penalty records there are 143 foreign nationals from 37 countries on death row in the u.s. >> opposition leaders in ukraine began talks with government officials. this is critical, because the dialogue could be the last
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chance for both sides to quell the spiralling violence. it came as riot police clamped down on demonstrations. you are about to look at live pictures. both sides blame each other for escalating the violence. as mihai nadin tells us neither side appears to be giving in. >> wednesday saw riot police firing towards protesters. still they were unable to hold their ground. reinforcements arrived on the protestor's side, angered by the first death. >> i carried a guy in myself from the front line. he was shot in the heart and died. >> as the man's body was brought out of a hospital and driven away, some said it would make them more determined.
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>> with this killing they won't stop the protests. more people will come in response. >> translation: i'm scared because of what happened. i'm more afraid of our future under this government. which is criminal and lawless. >> on wednesday president viktor yanukovych held talks with opposition leaders, aimed at ending the crisis. there was no conclusive outcome. >> for four nights this part of kiev has been a battle ground. it's hard to say now how and when the violence will end. >> so far the fighting happened in a small area. but the protesters are angrier than ever. they promise to stay put. >> peaceful protests beginning two months ago are in danger of spiralling into a civil war. in a video we are about to show you we hear from ukrainian
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protestor. >> what is wrong in ukraine? why we want a resolution? what is wrong? this is what is wrong? the government is against people. look at all this. look at who are they. is there a criminal. they want violence. these are ukrainian people. what is the government doing. those criminals, he - the police officers are ukrainian too. and here is ukrainian. the government makes them, you know, quarrel and fight. >> talks between ukrainian opposition leaders and president viktor yanukovych ended wednesday after three hours. both sides say they plan to continue the dialogue. the united nations chief negotiator will hold several talks from warring sides. lakhdar brahimi wants to gauge their willingness to sit at the
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negotiating table. both sides were laying ground work aimed at ending syria's civil war. as nick schifrin reports, the summer got off to a rocky start. >> all syrian people at the moment want the tourists to stop. >> two sides are yelling at each other. >> the map is a pro-syrian government journalist, the woman a member of the opposition. >> this may be one moment on a conference sideline. in the conference hall the diplomats are divided. the u.s. wants to create a transitional government and remove bashar al-assad. >> there's no way pg in the imagination that the than that led a response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern. >> in response.
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syrian minister had no intention of stepping down. >> translation: no one, mr kerry, in the world, has the right to give legitimacy or to withdraw legitimacy from a president, a constitution or a law or anything in syria, but syrians. >> the opposition says the syrians are being brutalized much the government is accused of torturing protesters, and targetting population centres. the opposition and the u.s. called the regime introns gent, pointing to this moment, when the syrian foreign minister overran his time. >> i must finish my speech. >> but i would have to give equal time to other groups. >> yourself, you live in new york, i live in syria. i have the right to give the syrian version here in this forum. >> yes, ask you do. this is my right. >> the u.s. is desperate to
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convince syria to lisp and stop the violence. kerry is trying to do that by isolating assad. >> today people can more clearly understand how alone assyrian is in standing up for himself, not for syria, and the resolution to this crisis cannot be about one man's insistence or one family's insistence about clipping to power. >> bashar al-assad's supporters here, with the allies, russia and iran are not going anywhere. they chanted loyalty to the government. a few blocks away the opposition held a demonstration with a mock funeral. the hope is for the two sides to come closer together. so far they are far apart as ever. >> the talks between syria's government and opposition
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leaders moved from montreaux to geneva on friday. the unmoderator says he's not sure the two sides will sit in the same room. >> israel says it stopped a planned al qaeda attack on the u.s. embassy in positive. three palestine men were arrested for plotting, and they were recruited by an al qaeda operative base. the u.s. state department has not been able to verify israel's claims. >> we are seeing most of the snow stopping, of course, but we are looking at cold air across the north-east. that's coming in from canada. it will stay in place for many places until the weekend, then we'll have a shot of snow as we go towards the weekend. that'll be a problem for the north-east. up to the north-west, we have seen snow, not bringing too much
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of an accumulation over the last couple of hours. for seattle, a high temperature of 48 degrees. the forecast looks like this, no rain, dealing with a ridge of high pressure. keeping the rain and the snow on the western sea board at bay. that is looking dry. we are seeing clouds towards southern californiament the temperature has been coming down. if you remember, we were looking at dry conditions. for los angeles, 73 degrees. the temperature is coming back up. not too much. we'll see on sunday a high of 77 going to 81 degrees going towards monday. here in texas we are looking at cold temperatures. highs for dallas get to 35 degrees. little rock. you'll reach about zero, freezing. 32 degrees there. as we go to the next cold days, a big change. 35 degrees for dallas.
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and on saturday the high temperatures going up to 61. parts of the country going for warm-up. >> still ahead - target dropping benefits for part-time workers, the company says why the move will benefit employees. >> it's hard, it's so unbearable. >> gun violence changed this woman's life. she describes how her life changed when her husbands was gunned down in a theatre for texting. >> and more problems for governor chris christie. questions being asked about political favours.
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>> welcome back. an argument over texting led to a fatal shooting at a movie theatre. the ak50u6d accused gunman, a 41-year-old cop. the wife of the victim wants
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justice. >> nicole oulson speaking out for the first time about her husband's death. chad oulson was shot and killed in a movie theatre after an argument over texting. >> in the bleak of an eye my world was shattered into a million pieces. now i'm left trying to pick them up and put them together. >> the suspect curtis reeves allegedly became angry that chad oulson would not stop texting. he opened fire after chad oulson threw a dark object at him. it was pop corn. curtis reeves said he feared for his life, making it likely he'll use the stand your ground law. it made headlines during the trayvon martin. although it was not used as a defense. 22 states have laws that do not require people to retreat when faced with danger. nine of them includes language
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stating that one may stand his or her ground. >> in regards to the olson shooting the local sheriff says stand your ground does not apply in that case. if reeves and his attorney decide to pursue it. it will be up to a judge to decide. >> nicole oulson says she and her husband were out on a date night. >> there are allegations by dawn zimmer, that governor chris christie's office threatened to cut off hurricane sandy relief funds also she backed a major project. there was a quote: >> federal agents asked witnesses to keep documents and emails related to the allegations.
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>> west virginians health makers say the water in charleston is safe to drink, despite a second chemical in the water. freedom industries notified agencies about ppa. west virginia environment protection agency says it's likely the substance was filtered out and poses no harm. the chemical leak tainted the water supply for 300,000 people for over a week. >> it's been 41 years since roe v wade, the landmark case legalized abortion. president obama said in a statement: >> thousands marched. >> president obama signalled an all-out offensive to end rape and other sexual attacks.
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a newly formed task force will focus on sexual assaults on college campuses. college officials have to do more to prevent and police these kinds of attacks. he said young people need to realise that sexual ult is unacceptable. a white house report found one in five female students are guilty of sexual assault. but one in five reports it. >> target is making changes. some workers will have to go elsewhere for health benefits. >> the nation's second-largest retailer is the latest u.s. corporation dropping health insurance or part-time employees. in an online statement target cited the launch of health insurance places for its decision, saying if it offers health benefits to part-time workers, the company could disqualify many for being
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eligible for subsidies that could reduce the expense. >> the part-time employees find they are eligible for medicade if there's stayed-expanded coverage and eligible for the health insurance exchange where they can get subsidies and help on out of pocket payments as long as their income is not high. >> target says less than 10% of its workforce participate in the part-time health insurance plan. the company will give workers who lose part-time health insurance a one-off payment of $500, as well as help signing up for obamacare.
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>> after spending $20 million
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for the right to negotiate with him, the new york yankee pitcher took a 7-year $155 million contract. it's the largest for a japanese player making a jump to the major league. posting a 1.27 earn-run average. four other major league scots, domingers, cubs, white sox and diamond blacks were in a bidding war with the yank ears. >> richard sherwin's post score lasted 20 seconds, sips, debate from class, sportsmanship, education and race raged wide. he shared while underlying racial aspects troubled him the most. >> the only reason it bothers me is it seems like it's the
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accepted which of calling someone the "n" word. they say thug and it's, "that's fine." that's where it takes me aback. it's disappointing. because they know what is the definition of a thug, really. can a guy on a football field talking to people - maybe i'm talking loudly, doing - talking like i'm not supposed to. there was a hockey game with they didn't play hockey, they threw the puck aside and fought. i saw that. mann, i'm the thug. what's going on. >> sherwin and the rest of the seattle seahawks team-mates and the denver broncos, will be in seattle for the super bowl. >> china's growing economy is leading a dirty impact in the united states. researchers say air pollution from china's factories made its way across the pacific into
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cities. the u.s. national dismi of science says it makes up about a quarter of the air pollution. it's a reminder that our demand or cheep imports has a bomber anning effect. >> chine he is act factories churns out goods as well as something else - pollution. >> you don't think about how much comes across the ocean. >> a co-author of a study found that emissions from chinas plants manufacturing exported goods have been found in air samples in los angeles and the west coffee. using data provided by the chinese government. looking at the year 2000 to 2009 and 2006 as the sample year. >> it could be as much as 24% of
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the sulphate experiencing on the west coast, related to exported goods from china. >> while the amount of pollution is small, it amounts to a day of smog per year exceeding federal standards, and it's not just in los angeles. it's pretty much dropped in the rockies. >> the pollution is carried to the west coast , more than 6,000 miles, by winds stronger in the winter time. >> experts met with the government to minimise export-related pollution. part of ongoing talks between the countries. >> this is transported air pollution that comes to us, it's in low concentration. it contributes to the background that we would see on a clean day, so we are concerned about all forms of air pollution that is transported.
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>> more pollution controls could mean higher prices for consumer goods made in china. that is a cost that americans may not be willing to pay. >> according to the research about one-fifth of the pollution china sends into the atmosphere is created by factories making goods for the u.s. and abroad. >> apple employees know the sight of broken glass, after all many customers bring in ipods and ipads to be prepared. one of their stores is looking at a 32 foot problem, when a snow belower ploughed into it. it will cost about $450,000 to repair. >> that'll do it for this edition of al jazeera news. i'm thomas drayton in new york. news at the top of every hour. you can get the headlines on aljazeera.com 24 hours a day. thanks for watching.
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"the stream" is coming up next. we leave you with another look at kiev, where anti-protesters are clashing with police. we'll continue to bring you the latest on this ongoing situation. >> hi, i'm lisa fletcher, and you are in "the stream", social media is transforming what we share about life. what about death? is how we are discussing dying changing - one tweet at a time? [ ♪ music ] >> bringing in the community throughout the program is our

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